Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

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Director: Wolfgang Reitherman

Cast: Wolfgang Reitherman, Bruce Reitherman, Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot

     
 

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The final animated feature produced under the supervision of Walt Disney is a lively neo-swing musical, loosely based upon the tales of Rudyard Kipling. The story takes place in a tropical jungle where people are conspicuously absent. But one day Bagheera the Panther (voice of Sebastian Cabot) discovers a baby in the wreck of a boat. Feeling pity on the child,…  See more details below

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The final animated feature produced under the supervision of Walt Disney is a lively neo-swing musical, loosely based upon the tales of Rudyard Kipling. The story takes place in a tropical jungle where people are conspicuously absent. But one day Bagheera the Panther (voice of Sebastian Cabot) discovers a baby in the wreck of a boat. Feeling pity on the child, Bagheera takes him to be raised with the wolves. Ten years later, the child has grown into Mowgli (voice of Bruce Reitherman). Mowgli discovers that his life is in danger because of the return to the area of Shere Khan the Tiger (voice of George Sanders), whose hatred of humans is such that Mowgli faces certain death if discovered. Bagheera agrees to transport Mowgli to the human village, where he will be safe from Shere Khan. Along the way to the village, night falls and Mowgli and Bagheera almost succumb to the man-eating snake Kaa (voice of Sterling Holloway). Escaping Kaa's coils, they run into the lock-step military elephant band of Colonel Hathi (voice of J. Pat O'Malley). Afterwards, Mowgli, who doesn't want to be sent to the human village, runs away from Bagheera and meets up with the fun-loving Baloo the Bear (voice of Phil Harrris). With both Bagheera and Baloo to protect him, Mowgli is saved from several more life-threatening situations -- including a barber-shop quartet of vultures, the crazed King Louie of the Apes (voice of Louis Prima), and Shere Khan himself -- before making it to the village of humans.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although it is quite skillfully drawn, The Jungle Book is noteworthy for being the first time that the Disney studio let the choice of actors play an influential role in the development of an animated feature. It's true that previously some actors, such as Ed Wynn in Alice in Wonderland, had made significant contributions, but not to the extent that Phil Harris, Louis Prima, George Sanders, and Sebastian Cabot do in Jungle Book. Their distinctive personalities add enormously to the effectiveness of the film, helping to mask the fact that, although the film has incident, it actually has very little plot. The catchy score also helps, from the imminently hummable "Bare Necessities" to the wildly capering "I Wanna Be Like You" to the barbershop-disguised-as-Beatles "That's What Friends Are For." As always, the character animation is top notch, from Kaa's slinky, slithering coils and Shere Khan's significantly shifty eyes to King Louie's long-armed neo-boogie moves and Baloo's carefree swinging gait, and the backgrounds make good use of the jungle color palette. The triangular relationship between Baloo, Bagheera, and Mowgli is also well presented and entirely convincing. The film benefits from an exuberant joie de vivre; it's one of the most high-spirited feature cartoons, and free from excessive sentimentality. The use of "star" voices would continue in future Disney entries, such as Robin Hood and The Aristocats, both with Phil Harris.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2014
UPC:
0786936833232
Original Release:
1967
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:18:00
Sales rank:
7,671

Special Features

Special introduction by Diane Disney Miller; Deleted scene: meet the lost character - Rocky the Rhino; DisneyPedia: Junglemania!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Reitherman Mowgli the Man Cub
Phil Harris Baloo the Bear
Sebastian Cabot Bagheera the Panther
Louis Prima King Louie of the Apes
George Sanders Shere Khan the Tiger
Sterling Holloway Kaa the Snake
J. Pat O'Malley Col. Hathi the Elephant
Verna Felton Elephant
Clint Howard Elephant/
Chad Stuart Vulture
Tim Hudson Vulture
John Abbott Wolf
Ben Wright Wolf
Darlene Carr The Girl
Digby Wolfe Actor

Technical Credits
Wolfgang Reitherman Director
Tom Acosta Editor
George Bruns Score Composer
Norman Carlisle Editor
Larry Clemmons Screenwriter
Walt Disney Producer
Vance Gerry Screenwriter
Terry Gilkyson Score Composer
Don Griffith Set Decoration/Design
Oliver Johnson Animator
Milt Kahl Animator
Ken Anderson Screenwriter
John Lounsbery Animator
Richard M. Sherman Score Composer
Frank Thomas Animator
Perc Westmore Makeup
Ralph Wright Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Jungle Book
1. Opening Credits [2:30]
2. The Man-Cub [2:01]
3. Adopted by Wolves [1:35]
4. The Wolf Pack Elders [3:34]
5. Kaa Drops in for a S-s-snack [3:22]
6. "Colonel Hathi's March" [1:52]
7. Inspection [6:08]
8. Mowgli Meets Baloo [3:09]
9. Baloo and Mowgli [:58]
10. "The Bare Necessitites" [4:29]
11. Mowgli is Kidnapped [4:02]
12. "I Wan'na Be Like You" [5:27]
13. Settling Down for the Night [4:32]
14. A Long Walk [3:24]
15. Shere Khan, the Hunter [5:38]
16. Mowgli On His Own [2:24]
17. "Trust In Me" [5:48]
18. The Vultures [3:15]
19. "That's What Friends Are For" [2:29]
20. Mowgli Confronts Shere Khan [:49]
21. A Tiger By the Tail [2:36]
22. A Dark Moment [3:08]
23. "My Own Home" [3:27]
24. Happy Endings For All [1:34]

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4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
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mojito70 More than 1 year ago
I had previously posted negative feedback due to a faulty DVD. The seller immediately responded and sent me a new DVD that is in perfect working order. Thanks!
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Years later I still remember that song. This is my dad's favorite movie and never gets tired of it. my brother and I still laugh at that snake who tries to hypnotize Mowgli. The way his eyes changes colors was weird and funny. I felt bad for black panther hence it seems that he was not taken seriously but still cares for Mowgli and man did Shere Khan scare me when i was a kid next to ms. trunchbull from matilda &quot its fun to look back upon old movies from your childhood and remember what character scared you and to think now that they aren't scary anymore&quot . The monkey banana lover was cool and baloo was my most favorite out of the characters next to the snake. This is the story of a boy named Mowgli who lives in the jungle and strikes a friendship with Baloo. Oh and the vultures and that classic quote: Hey man what do you want to do I don't know man what do you want to do? and so on. They were awesome too. The fight scene between Khan and Baloo was well done and glad that Baloo won in the end oh man was that scary.This is what I guess disney movies are all about and should go back to making them like this.
pmknyc More than 1 year ago
Had a blast watching this over and over with my 2 1/2 year old. Though he doesn't understand all implications of the story, he loves the characters and has been role-playing Mowgli. With good interaction and discussion, parents can help kids learn a lot from this film, even though it's not an "educational" piece per se. Great intro to jazz music for little kids. As with all Disney, adults can find inside jokes, social commentary and even enjoy singing along with the songs. Anniversary edition has interesting addt'l features including a short documentary history of making the film -- the last animated film with which Walt Disney was intimately involved before turning his attention to diverse other productions by his company.
toddlermom More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Disney movie of all time & now I've got my son watching it. We had to update our VCR tape to a DVD.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
This Disney DVD is sure to delight young viewers. Songs such as "The Bare Necessities" are part of a soundtrack that will make the viewers want to get up and dance around. Mowgli, the protagonist, and his friends Bagheera and Baloo along with his "enemies" Kaa (the hypnotic snake), King Louie (the jazzy monkey), and a sneaky lion will enchant the youth watching this Disney classic. Part of the storyline is to show the true meaning of friendship.
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